If Mississippi’s current method of execution, lethal injection, is ruled unconstitutional, the state would have the further options of nitrogen gas, firing squad and electrocution to carry out the state’s death penalty under House Bill 638.
The bill survived Tuesday’s deadline to be reported out of committee. It awaits action in the full House.
House Judiciary B Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, said the bill has the support of Gov. Phil Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood.
“It’s a death penalty bill,” Gipson said.